The Foundation's program, Free To Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, was designed to support selected Head Start agencies to adapt and evaluate innovative substance abuse prevention models that aim to strengthen a young child's environment, specifically the family and community. Free to Grow in Marathon County is designed around the substance abuse risk and protective factors framework. The purpose of this project is to achieve short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes for preventing, reducing, or delaying substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors among children in Marathon County. The core components of this initiative will: (1) strengthen and develop interdependent partnerships within Marathon County to support Free to Grow principles and practices; (2) strengthen and develop a case management system within Head Start to objectively direct the greatest level of resources to families with the highest risks for substance abuse; (3) provide leadership development opportunities for families residing within the target community and engage them in community-based primary prevention activities; and (4) ensure organizational capacity within Head Start to sustain Free to Grow principles and practices beyond the four-year grant period.
Amount Awarded $207,000.00
Awarded on: 6/5/2002
Time frame: 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2005
Grant Number: 45336